Consortium announced for third mobile licence bid

21 Dec 2005

With the Egyptian government currently in the process of issuing a Request for Proposal for a third mobile licence in the country, a new consortium comprising MTN Group, Raya, Golden Pyramids Plaza (GPP) and Stars Communications has been formed to bid for the concession. Egypt’s telecoms regulator, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) announced plans to licence a third mobile operator to compete with MobiNil and Vodafone Egypt in September 2005. The new licence, which will include the right to provide 3G services, is expected to be awarded in early 2006 with the winner required to launch by mid-2007. Egypt first announced plans for a third operator in 2002 but its plans were delayed as demand slumped. It now hopes the licence award will increase competition in the market.

Egypt, Vodafone Egypt